Brixham artist's Cockington showcase
The work of emerging Brixham artist Tracy Satchwill is featuring at the Cockington Kitchen Gallery all this month (Saturday 8 September - Sunday 30 September).
The collection, which has been touring the art fairs across the USA over recent months, captures some of the key moments of the queen of crime Agatha Christie's life. It is entitled Agatha Christie, a life of ladders and snakes and documents the ups and downs of the crime writer's life.
Tracy’s collages, which are both playful and theatrical, are inspired by her love of period dramas and books. She tries to translate real events into illustrations sometimes blurring the line between truth and fiction. Her subjects have included Marie Antoinette, the Kings and Queens of England, the Medieval Church and forgotten women throughout history. Tracy's work develops from a passion of capturing an historic moment by combining photography with illustration, print and found objects. Scenes are brought back to life by photographing real-life models, digitally adding piece-by-piece costumes, props and backgrounds and creating contemporary collages.
Executive Lead for Art and Culture and South-west Regional Board Member for the Arts Council, Cllr Dave Butt, said: "In the last few years Torbay has really gained a national reputation for hosting amazing exhibitions by both local and internationally renowned artist and we are fast becoming the cultural centre of the South-west.
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"We have had huge success with internationally renowned artists such as Damien Hirst but we also recognise the importance of raising the profile of our local artists and the new Kitchen Gallery at Cockington Court is the perfect setting for Tracy's work. I hope that everyone takes the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful grounds and see the exhibition for themselves."
Since completing her degree in Illustration in 2010 at Plymouth University, Tracy’s art career has rapidly taken off. As a student she was invited to exhibit at The Courtauld Institute of Art’s ninth biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the East Wing of Somerset House in London, which featured artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley. She has also been chosen to exhibit her recent work Working the Red Carpet and The Golden Palace at the Young Masters exhibition at The Sphinx Fine Art Gallery in Kensington, which features emerging and newly established artists whose work is inspired by the old masters.